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   Mary Lasker Papers, 1940-1993.

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Mary Lasker Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID:4077415 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Lasker, Mary
Title:Mary Lasker Papers, 1940-1993.
Physical description:353 linear ft. (795 boxes; 7 flat boxes; 20 CMI boxes; 1 tube box).
Language(s):In English
Access: Collection has no restrictions. Boxes 1-678; 685-784 are located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

Material arranged into 10 series:

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Description

Scope and Content

The collection consiste of correspondence, memoranda, reports, bulletins, clippings, photographs, awards, and printed material. The files, arranged by genre and topic and reflect her philanthropic and legislative work in the areas of health, specifically cancer, heart disease, and mental health. Her civic and legislative work is covered in detail, as well as her private interests and activities.

Series I: Cataloged Material

Cataloged materials are located on-site.

Series II: Correspondence

Series III: Topical Files

Series IV: Oral History

Series V: Newspaper Clippings

Series VI: Photographs

Series VII: Printed Materials

Series VIII: Memorabilia

Series IX: Oversize Material

Series X: 2000 Addition

Subseries X.1: Correspondence

Arranged

Subseries X.8: Albums

See also: Flat Box Series

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Using the Collection

Partially Offsite

Access Restrictions

Collection has no restrictions.

  Boxes 1-678; 685-784 are located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

      offsite requestMore information and link to off-site request form

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Mary Lasker Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers Processed 1997 HR

Papers Processed 10/24/2000 HR

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2009-06-26 File created.
    2012-02-20 xml document instance created by Carrie Hintz

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

HeadingCUL Archives:
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CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
Address books.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Addresses.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Albums.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Announcements.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Appointment books.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Appraisals.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Articles.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Awards.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Brochures.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bulletins.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Certificates.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Contracts.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Diplomas.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Financial records.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Galley proofs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Interviews.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Inventories.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Invitations.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Invoices.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Itineraries.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Journals.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Layouts.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lists.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lithographs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Memorandums.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Notebooks.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Obituaries.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Oral histories.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Passports.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Photographs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Poems.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Portraits.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Programs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Recipes.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Releases.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Reports.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Scrapbooks.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Surveys.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Visas.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wills.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

HeadingCUL Archives:
Portal
CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
Albert Lasker Awards.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Alcoholism.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
American Public Health Association.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Art--Collectors and collecting.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Birth control.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bush, George, 1924-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Capote, Truman, 1924-1984.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Civic leaders--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Dalí, Salvador, 1904-1989.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Federal aid to research.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Fromm, Erich, 1900-1980.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Health insurance.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Heart--Diseases--Research.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Johnson, Lady Bird, 1912-2007.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kennedy, Edward Moore, 1932-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Landers, Ann.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Landscape protection.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lasker, Albert Davis, 1880-1952.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Loewy, Raymond, 1893-1986.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Luce, Henry Robinson, 1898-1967.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Malraux, André, 1901-1976.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Medicine--Research.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Mental health services.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
National Institutes of Health (U.S.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929-1994.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Performing arts.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Philanthropists--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Psychiatry--Research.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Public health.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Reagan, Ronald.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Roadside improvement.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sanger, Margaret, 1879-1966.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
United States--Politics and government--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
United States.--Public Health Service.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Urban beautification.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Women civic leaders--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Mary Woodard Lasker (1900-1994), civic worker and philanthropist, was a businesswoman prior to her marriage in 1940 to the advertising executive and philanthropist, Albert Davis Lasker (1880-1952). With her help, Lasker re-ordered his life and priorities. Together they shared a life centering on philanthropic work. They founded the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation which gives awards in the fields of medical research and public health administration. Mary Lasker had a strong interest in the arts, civic beautification, reproductive planning, dress design, and health issues, specifically cancer and heart disease. She was actively involved with the promotion and development of national bodies dealing with cancer, heart disease, arthritis, mental health, neurological disease, and blindness. She was an able and effective Washington lobbyist and knew many statesmen, legislators, artists, and scientific pioneers. Lasker was decorated as a Chevalier Officer of the French Legion of Honor and, in 1969, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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